James has over 25 years of experience working on corporate transactions, both as a lawyer and as a leader of multinational companies. He's built a substantial practice advising ultra high net worth individuals and families on running their corporate businesses.
James has a level of hands-on commercial experience which is rare for a lawyer. Before his career in private practice, he held senior positions at both a major British multinational and a European financial institution with operations across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and India. James now holds a number of non-executive directorships in the real estate, hotels & leisure, and travel sectors.
James understands the issues most important to the super-wealthy. He spent many years working across a variety of industries and has acted on an impressive portfolio of international transactions in the real estate, consumer goods, hotels & leisure, and travel sectors.
|Since 2017||Partner, Taylor Wessing|
|2005 - 2017||Business Group Director and Head of Corporate & Commercial Group|
|1999 - 2005||Head of Corporate, Stephenson Harwood, London|
|1998 - 1999||President, Sovereign Asset Management, Monaco|
|1994 - 1998||Country Director, BAT plc, India|
|1992 - 1994||Legal & Technical Manager, BAT, London|
|1995||INSEAD, Executive education programmes|
|1992||Admitted as a lawyer, England & Wales|
|1989||Enrolled as a Notary Public, Scotland|
|1988||Admitted as a lawyer, Scotland|
|1986||LLB Dip LP, University of Dundee|
|1982||Bachelors, Economics, University of Dundee|
|Law Society of England & Wales
Law Society of Scotland
International Bar Association